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Beyond Spring Fling | The Observer’s Concert Agenda

By Jeremy Ravinsky

Get excited, Tuftonians, because this semester’s concert lineup is pretty awesome. I can’t list them all here; after all, there are probably between three and six really good shows in Boston every night. But here is a sampler of what’s to come in the spring season. And for those concert virgins among you, for those who shrink away from the mere mention of exiting the campus bubble to rub shoulders with dirty, sweaty strangers in a dimly lit club or concert hall, I urge you to leave behind those inhibitions and pop your concert cherry this spring. Because, in all seriousness, this season is a good one.

March 16: Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues.

Boston’s own Celtic-punk phenomenon is playing on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Need I say more?!

March 17: Immortal Technique at Paradise Rock Club.

This Harlem-based rapper’s rhymes will stimulate you to think about salient socio-political issues and make you shit your pants. He is definitely worth seeing in concert.

March 29: Youth Lagoon at the Middle East Downstairs.

Youth Lagoon’s debut album is the product of Trevor Powers camping out in his room for several months, watching VHS tapes from his childhood, and recording pure lo-fi innocence, which is sure to strike a few nostalgic chords. The openers, Spanish Prisoners, are also really good, so get there early.

April 1: of Montreal at Paradise Rock Club.

For those (shameful few) of you who don’t know of them, Montreal is a psychedelic indie rock group from the southern music Mecca of Athens, Georgia. This is a show that you must see before you die. I’m not kidding.

April 6 and 7: The Magnetic Fields at Berklee Performance Center.

Sometimes, when I listen to Stephin Merritt’s lovely and bittersweet music, I want to believe in love. And that doesn’t happen often. They are playing two nights in a row, so you have no excuse not to go (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme).

April 24: We Were Promised Jetpacks at Paradise Rock Club.

Scottish label mates of Sigur Rós, Múm, and Frightened Rabbit, this alternative band spits out some gazey guitar effects.

May 9: M83 at House of Blues.

Thank goodness M83, the French electro-indie collective, is coming back to Boston (they were here in November) because last year’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming was almost too epic, and everyone needs to see them live. The opener, I Break Horses, is also great, so be sure to give them a listen, too.

I know, I know, there are way more great concerts coming this semester. I wish we could fit them all on the page. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy source for shows, then visit the free concert aggregator, Now get out there and dance your shoes off. Literally.

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